Issues: Agriculture

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME NEWS FOR FARMERS

Ritchie Applauds Governor’s Support for Upstate Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to New York State’s agriculture industry and Upstate farming as evidenced in the Executive Budget proposal outlined on Tuesday.

“Here in New York State our hardworking farmers are the backbone of our workforce and agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is recognizing the important—and critical—role  agriculture plays. His funding of agriculture in the Executive Budget proposal sends a message that this industry is a key part of our efforts to revitalize New York State’s economy.”

January 23, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SEN. PATRICK M. GALLIVAN REGARDING GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2013 STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

Review The Governor's Proposal Yourself: openbudget.ny.gov

“State government has been able to change direction the last two years largely because Albany has adopted a course of fiscal prudence. Today’s budget proposal demonstrates the Governor’s continued commitment to financial responsibility, keeping state spending growth below two percent while closing a $1.35 billion budget deficit without proposing any new taxes.”

January 23, 2013
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SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

For Immediate Release: January 18, 2013Media Contact: Daniel Torres | 845.463.0840 | Media@TerryGipsonNY.com

SENATOR GIPSON ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY., - Dutchess and Putnam County State Senator Terry Gipson announced his committee assignments today.

January 19, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SEN. GALLIVAN ON 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

The Governor’s State of the State outlined an expansive and comprehensive vision for our state and its future. I am especially encouraged to see Governor Cuomo make the upstate economy a continued priority of his administration, and the specific attention he paid to bolstering Upstate’s agriculture and tourism industries – two sectors vital to the continued economic recovery of Western New York.

January 10, 2013
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RITCHIE APPLAUDS GOVERNOR’S CALL FOR ATTRACTING GOOD JOBS, CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH

Plans to Focus on Upstate Economic Development Included in State of the State Address

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years to create more jobs and continue economic growth, following Wednesday’s State of the State address in Albany.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SENATOR RITCHIE'S COMMENTS ON THE GOVERNOR'S 2013 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

“In 2013, my focus is jobs, and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do.  I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”

January 9, 2013
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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2012

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2012 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

January 4, 2013
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Job Creation Projects In 51st Senate District Net $21 Million

ONEONTA, 12/19/12 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today announced that 50 job creation projects in the 51st senate district will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

“The Regional Economic Development Council approach provides our state with a real economic spark, capitalizing on a bottom up approach which maximizes creative and innovative ideas generated by local stakeholders,” said Senator Seward.  “I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger economy for the future.”

December 19, 2012
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Seward Taps Into New Business

 

ONEONTA, 12/05/12 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today marked “Repeal Day” by visiting the under-construction Roots Brewing Company in Oneonta.

“Repeal Day” commemorates the passage of the Twenty-First Amendment to the United States Constitution on December 5th, 1933 ending prohibition.

New York’s craft brewing industry is expanding statewide, with several growing breweries locally,” said Senator Seward.  "Microbreweries and brewpubs, like Roots, meld together small business and agriculture while also expanding on the tourist trade - all mainstays of our local economy.”

December 5, 2012
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BUFFALO BILLION INVESTMENT DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Statement From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan - Chairman of the Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee

December 4, 2012
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GALLIVAN URGES THRUWAY AUTHORITY TO AVOID TOLL HIKES “AT ALL COSTS”

Renews Call To Separate Canal System From Thruway Authority

As New York State Thruway Authority officials postponed a scheduled meeting for the second time in five days that may have included a vote to approve a 45 percent increase on three-axel vehicles, Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I – Elma), chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee, urged the Thruway Authority Board to explore other options to avoid a toll increase and consider his proposal to separate the State’s Canal System from the Thruway Authority.

November 13, 2012
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Ribbon Cutting for Alfred State College’s Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture

At a ribbon cutting for Alfred State College’s new Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Senator Young was joined by Dr. Terry Tucker, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Congressman Tom Reed, Eunice Lewin, a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, Dr. John M. Anderson, the President of Alfred State, Patricia Fogarty, the Chair of the Alfred State College Council and Wallace “Pete” MacDonald, a Retired Professor.

 

November 2, 2012
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Animal Care and Control of NYC Limited Services Update

ANIMAL CARE & CONTROL OF NYC (AC&C) LIMITED SERVICES: Please note that AC&C will have limited service in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, as follows: Queens and Bronx Pet Receiving Centers are closed; Staten Island Care Center is closed; Manhattan and Brooklyn Care Centers are open for adoptions, return-to-owners, and in-takes; Field Operations is operating normally; if there is an animal-related emergency, please call 311. Brooklyn Animal Care Center 2336 Linden Boulevard Brooklyn, NY 11208

November 2, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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Watch the first-ever "New York State Wine, Beer & Spirits Summit" (and read more on the results of the October 24th meeting, including a new tourism campaign and regulatory reforms)

In Albany on Wednesday, October 24th, Governor Andrew Cuomo convened the first-ever "New York State Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit" to bring together administration officials, state legislators, regional leaders, and industry representatives to discuss ideas on how to grow these respective industries, strengthen New York agriculture overall and create jobs.

Watch a replay of the Summit here...

Read more on what the Summit has already produced...

October 24, 2012
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SENATOR LAVALLE VISITS EAST MARION FARM; A DEER FENCE GRANT RECIPIENT

Senator LaValle, with the assistance of Executive Director Joseph M. Gergela III of the Long Island Farm Bureau, secured $937,681.25 for Suffolk County farmers to install much needed deer fencing to protect crops from  deer.  Sixty-nine farmers were supplemented with a maximum of $14,642 each and were able to install a total 178,746 feet of fencing.  Most farmers installed more than the maximum allowed by the program which totaled 266,702 feet of deer fence installed, slightly more than 50 miles. 

October 22, 2012
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Senator Farley a "Friend" of NYS Farm Bureau

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) was honored to be named part of the New York State Farm Bureau's Circle of Friends for the 2012 Legislative Session.

Senator Farley has been a friend of the Farm Bureau for numerous years and this year's honor reaffirms his continued support for the farm community.

"We must remember agriculture is one of New York's top industries and is vital to our economy," Senator Farley. "Farms create jobs, generate significant economic activity and contribute to the tax revenue. Agritourism is also a wonderful asset to this area. We need to support our farmers as they support our area's economy and growth."

Senator Farley will be given the award at the NYS Farm Bureau's 2013 State Lobby Day in Albany.

October 12, 2012
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New Law Expands Opportunities for Fam Distilleries to Sell at Famers' Markets, State Fairs, County Fairs

A law was recently enacted that will allow licensed farm distilleries to sell their liquor at not-for-profit farmers' markets, the New York State Fair, and recognized county fairs. Senator Montgomery noted that this new law will help local farms to grow by providing distilleries with the same access to marketing opportunities currently allowed to licensed wineries, farm wineries, and farm breweries.

October 9, 2012
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